Yesterday afternoon while half the class were dancing, the other half learnt some paint brush techniques. By not over mixing and having plenty of paint on the brush we were able to create different effects with different types of brush strokes.
Today we were horrified to find that our work had been cut up into rectangles. We had to select four art rectangles that we quite liked to use as a background to some poetry about the wind.
So about the wind.The idea was to try to personify objects that are affected by the wind.
For example the trees danced in unison. The crunchy autumn leaves chatted.
Our literacy was a collaborative effort as you can see in the image above. We pooled our ideas and from this we cherry picked the thoughts we liked the most.
After reworking, taking advice from others many of us got to the point where we could write on tracing paper. We used guidelines to keep it straight, tore it to size using a ruler as a guide and
then screwed it up for a crunchy leaf effect.
One of the traits that we try to instill in all children is perseverance. In Panthers this is encouraged through the use of manipulative puzzles that have also been designed to teach problem solving strategies. The beauty of this is that the children think they're just playing a game but in truth they're learning from their mistakes and successes. They're learning to create pathways, work backwards, identify the key move, solve smaller problems within bigger ones...
In the film underneath it's really interesting to listen to the conversations that the children have. They're very encouraging of each other and it's wonderful to look at the smiles of success when they finally crack it.
Some of these puzzles can be played by clicking on puzzling link to the right of this post.
Here are a few examples of this week's handwriting. The children tick represents the best of each line and the initialed is the opinion of a peer. We act out the letters that we write using our pointing finger in the air first and tippy toes for talls and crouches for hooks.
This is not our usual slot but Premier Sports is offering taster sessions in various sports. The children will have seen other classed involved in this today. Please bring PE gear tomorrow.
This is always a good title! After revising the better pieces of work and reminding ourselves on what makes a quality sentence we did a sterling job of putting together sentences of three clauses and conjuction that included some powerful verbs. Here are quite a few:
Quite a few panthers (and ex panthers) feature in this article from the EDP over the weekend. Great to see children achieiving out of school as well as in it.
We're a class of year 3/4 children from Kenninghall in Norfolk.